Page 515 - Week 02 - Wednesday, 13 February 2013

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ensure that the additional seating capacity within Manuka Oval can be accommodated. The government response to that was that it was noted and that this would be undertaken for all large events held at Manuka Oval.

Here we are some year or so later and we are still arguing the fact that there is in fact a problem. The government, having accepted there was a problem, noted it. But here we are and the government now, in Mr Barr’s estimates, is saying there is no problem, we have got 7,500 parking spots around. Mr Barr, what we are asking you to do is recognise that we do have a problem and we are asking you to make sure that this so-called commitment that you made through the estimates committee recommendation is finally taken into account.

What we asked Mr Rattenbury to consider was that this motion was not a political motion. We are simply asking for the community of Canberra to have some better facilities to enable them to enjoy some of the better options that have been presented to them. There will be more big events, and all of these will cause problems if they are not addressed, not only to the nearby community within the precinct of Manuka and Kingston but also to the businesses that operate in these areas.

In conclusion, I commend the motion and I would hope that there is some sanity, especially on Mr Rattenbury’s side, to recognise the fact that our community can use a better parking plan, but until the government realises the problem it will not be addressed.

Question put:

That the motion, as amended, be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 9

Noes 8

Mr Barr

Ms Gallagher

Mr Coe

Mr Seselja

Ms Berry

Mr Gentleman

Mr Doszpot

Mr Smyth

Dr Bourke

Ms Porter

Mrs Dunne

Mr Wall

Ms Burch

Mr Rattenbury

Mr Hanson

Mr Corbell

Mrs Jones

Question so resolved in the affirmative

Motion, as amended, agreed to.

Bushfires—management and mitigation

DR BOURKE (Ginninderra) (4.51): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

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